Friends of St Patrick's meet with local TDs

St Patrick's Hospital

Friends of St Patrick's meet with local TDs
By Donal O'Grady news@leitrimobserver.ie @leitrimtoday

The Friends of St Patrick's Hospital this week met with local TDs to outline its case for the reinstatement of a five day nurse-led day hospital service.

The committee met with Deputies Tony McLoughlin (FG), Marc MacSharry (FF) and Martin Kenny (SF), last Monday evening with apologies tendered from Deputy Eamon Scanlon (FF).

Friends of St Patrick's spokesperson, Liam Scollan, told the Leitrim Observer they appraised the TDs of the ongoing absence of the five day nurse-led facility at the day hospital.

He said they explained that the provision of the specialist day clinics, while welcome, did not meet the full needs of the patients.

Mr Scollan said the group believes it has not got an adequate response from the HSE on the matter and each of the Deputies agreed to take up the matter with HSE management as a cross party group.

While discussions nationally continue on the formation of a new government, Sligo-Leitrim has taken an early lead in cross party cooperation and working for the betterment of their constituents.

“We feel this is now a matter for the TDs and we feel it would be useful now to place this in the hands of the politicians and wait and see how they get on with management,” Mr Scollan said.

The four TDs will arrange a meeting with HSE management, namely John Hayes, Chief Officer, HSE West, and Frank Morrison, General Manager of Community Services in the HSE for Sligo-Leitrim, and then report back to the committee.

The dispute into nurse-led care at the community hospital in Carrick-on-Shannon has now entered its 25th week.

Only last week, the HSE in Sligo-Leitrim issued a statement to reassure clients and their families that the day services in St Patrick's Hospital continue to function and that those who require nursing care continue to receive such care in the day hospital.

However, in response, the Friends of St Patrick's group said what is being provided “is not in any way shape or form a service providing the constant presence of a nurse who is there to speak to day care patients and who is trained to take a more holistic view of vulnerable elderly people attending the day centre in the hospital.”